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HER Number:MDV4236
Name:Enclosure and hut circles on Erme Plains

Summary

An enclosure with four hut circles, on the moderate western slope of the River Erme at Erme Plains. In plan the enclosure has roughly parallel north and south sides with rounded ends. The boundary is a turf-covered bank or collapsed wall, with a spread of up to 4.5 metres wide and up to 0.5 metres high. Fragments of an interior wall are in situ visible at a couple of points around the circuit. Four small, very ruinous hut circles survive attached to the enclosure interior comprising turf covered rubble with no significant structural masonry visible, and unclear entrance locations. Internal measurements cannot be taken accurately but all have a spread of 5 to 6 metres in diameter. A small ring of stones near the south-east exterior, with an interior diameter of 2.4 metres is a possible though unlikely hut circle.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 636 649
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 66 SW 3
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/7
  • Old SAM County Ref: 806
  • Pastscape: 442165

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSED HUT CIRCLE SETTLEMENT (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV164862.

(5/5/1970) (ancient monuments). Subrectangular enclosure. Partly grassed over drystone walling standing 4 courses maximum. There are two hut circles against the western side.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX66SW3, Updated 11/8/1977 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV164863.

Enclosure and hut circles on Erme Plain.
(8/5/1950) Walling is poor, average height 0.4 metres and obviously incompete at its eastern extremity. There are seven hut circles.
(11/8/1977) Sub-rectangular enclosure 70 metres by 50 metres in poor condition. Three small huts in very poor condition built onto inner face of west wall.

National Monuments Record, 1976, NMR SX6364, 1 (Aerial Photograph). SDV155390.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Enclosure visible with three hut circles built near the west wall.

Newman, P., 2018, Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV361913.

An enclosure with four hut circles, on the moderate western slope of the River Erme at Erme Plains. In plan the enclosure has roughly parallel north and south sides with rounded ends. The boundary is a turf-covered bank or collapsed wall, with a spread of up to 4.5 metres wide and up to 0.5 metres high. Fragments of an interior wall are in situ visible at a couple of points around the circuit. Four small, very ruinous hut circles survive attached to the enclosure interior comprising turf covered rubble with no significant structural masonry visible, and unclear entrance locations. Internal measurements cannot be taken accurately but all have a spread of 5 to 6 metres in diameter. A small ring of stones near the south-east exterior, with an interior diameter of 2.4 metres is a possible though unlikely hut circle.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV155390Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1976. NMR SX6364. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1.
SDV164862Report - Survey: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV164863Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX66SW3. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. Updated 11/8/1977.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV4241Parent of: Hut circles on Erme Plains (Monument)
MDV13172Related to: Enclosure and hut circles on Erme Plains, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV4331Related to: Knackersmill Gulf prehistoric settlement (Monument)
MDV4309Related to: Stall Moor long stone row (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Sep 27 2019 1:17PM